Before playing professionally for three seasons in the Italian Serie C, Rick played at all competitive interscholastic and youth club levels.
Ricks soccer coaching career began in 1994 where he attended the CONI 10 day soccer coach course in Bergamo (Italy).
From middle school all the way to regional-pro Coach Zucchi has dedicated 20+ years in prepping goalkeepers of all competitive levels and ages.
Before leaving Italy to reach the US, Coach Rick between 2002 and 2004 attended 3 UEFA/FIGC courses, one of witch is the FIGC’s highest goalkeeping level licence, for both youth and senior goalkeeper coaching.
Rick’s soccer philosophy has always been development of fundamentals, technique but also footwork. In today’s game a goalkeeper must have great footwork and a good touch on the ball.
UEFA/FIGC License C – Allenatore settore giovanili
UEFA/FIGC Youth Goalkeeper License C – Preparatore portieri settore giovanili
UEFA/FIGC Goalkeeper License B – Preparatore portieri prima squadra
CONI/FIGC Soccer Coach Diploma – Allenatore settore giovanili
UNITED STATES SOCCER FEDERATION F License
UNITED STATES SOCCER FEDERATION E License
NSCAA Goalkeeper level 1 Diploma
NSCAA Goalkeeper level 2 Diploma
NSCAA Goalkeeper level 3 Diploma
NFHS Level 2 Accredited High School soccer coach diploma
NFHS Level 1 Certified National High School soccer coach diploma
FIFA diploma in football (soccer) medicine (Completion 04/19/2017)
NCAA certified (Completion code: 5DFCF802EC7C – 09/21/2016)
FIFA, FYSA, NSCAA, USSF, NFHS,, UEFA, CONI & FIGC “Concussion in sports” certified
Heat illness prevention certification (Completion code: 88D999836D2A – 09/26/2016)
First aid, health and safety for coaches certification (Completion code: 56ECCB1D676C- 09/09/2016)
Sudden cardiac arrest certification (Completion code: 879A31497B40 – 09/21/2016)
Renee Carlton Bergin
MOTHER OF EMILY
Our daughter has been training with Rick Zucchi for the past 6 months and we could not be more thankful. Emily has improved during this time than she has her whole time being a goalie (6 years). Her confidence, skill level and endurance have increased more than we could have ever thought possible.
Dr Larissa Dvorak
MOTHER OF NICK
Coach Zucchi has given my son confidence and success. My son nicknamed “The Gentile Giant” needed a coach that was strong and at the same time kind. Coach Zucchi doesn’t play games, he coaches a serious game, while always remembering that these are young GK’s that need structure and guidance. I have watched my son mature in his game in these past months as Coach Zucchi whipped him into shape. Pushing him to want to improve. We are grateful for all Coach Zucchi has done for my son’s goalkeeping career.
Kimberlee House Shores
MOTHER OF MAKAYLA, REBEKAH AND HADASSAH
All three of my girls have improved in their technical in the past year training with Coach Rick. They have gained, skill, confidence and strength to better equip them in the game. Thanks Coach for all the hard work and commitment to our goalkeepers. My daughters are looking forward in working with you in the future
UNCLE OF NICHOLAS
How you provide the service you provide, the continuous additional extra free coaching hours you offer and the low charges you charge the children is a credit to your ethics Truly value for money.